Song Without Words by Gerald Shea
Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

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Much has been written about the profoundly deaf, but the lives of the nearly 30 million partially deaf people in the United States today remain hidden. Song without Words tells the astonishing story of a man who, at the age of thirty-four, discovered that he had been deaf since childhood, yet somehow managed to navigate his way through Andover, Yale, and Columbia Law School, and to establish a prestigious international legal career.

Gerald Shea’s witty and candid memoir of how he compensated for his deafness--through sheer determination and an amazing ability to translate the melody of vowels. His experience gives fascinating new insight into the nature and significance of language, the meaning of deafness, the fierce controversy between advocates of signing and of oral education, and the longing for full communication that unites us all.
 

About Gerald Shea

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Gerald Shea was born in New York City and has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris. He practiced law in both cities for many years with Debevoise & Plimpton as a member of the New York and Paris bars. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Yale University and Columbia Law School.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Da Capo Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The moving, poignant account of how a brilliant lawyer came to terms with the midlife discovery of his own partial deafness.

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At a meeting with the New York City Builders Association, for example, Shea hears another lawyer say “any fissing of the pride of lament would violate the antitrust law.” Shea translates: “lament” becomes “cement”;

Feb 22 2013 | Read Full Review of Song Without Words: Discoveri...

Boston.com

At a meeting with the New York City Builders Association, for example, Shea hears another lawyer say “any fissing of the pride of lament would violate the antitrust law.” Shea translates: “lament” becomes “cement”;

Feb 21 2013 | Read Full Review of Song Without Words: Discoveri...

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